Walsh faces tough task in trying to turn around Knicks
NEW YORK— Donnie Walsh is in. Now he needs a little time before deciding if Isiah Thomas is out.
Walsh was hired as the New York Knicks’ president of basketball operations, taking one of Thomas’ jobs. Sometime soon, Walsh will decide if Thomas keeps the other one as coach.
That won’t happen yet, though. Thomas was in Memphis, where the Knicks continued a five-game road trip with a 130-114 loss, andWalsh won’t determine the coach’s future until they have met in person.
Walsh hired Thomas to coach the Indiana Pacers in 2000, and both say they enjoy a good relationship. Walsh said they spoke Tuesday, adding that Thomas has a “great basketball mind” and believes he can still help the organization in some way.
Walsh will have complete power to decide. Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan gave the longtime Pacers executive full autonomy to shape everything from the team’s roster to the organization’s media policy.